Made for Freedom

Reflections for contemplative living

We are made for freedom. God’s omnipotence and omniscience respects our right to choose. In the core of our being we remain free to accept or reject God’s action in our lives—and to accept or reject it more or less intensely. God wants us to accept him with all our ‘heart, soul, mind, and strength’—in other words, as intensely as possible.

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Never Give Up

Reflections for contemplative living

“You can have flaws, be anxious and even be angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can stop it from failing. You are appreciated, admired and loved by so many. Remember that being happy is not having a sky without storm, a road without accidents, a job without effort, a relationship without disappointments.

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Finding God's Goodness

Week 50. Respect. Looking for God’s Goodness and Weekly Reflection Summary.

Valuing others is justice. The virtue of love grows our generosity.

In the Franciscan Way, Father Richard encourages students in the Franciscan mystical practice of respectful gazing:

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Guide to Goodness

Right Ordered Desire. Fruit of the Spirit: Chastity

Art by Melanie Boutiette Just Beloved

The fruit of chastity is grossly misunderstood in our society. Perhaps this is because we don’t talk much about its importance.  It seems to me that in our oversexualized world, the conversation about chastity is kept in the dark because it is so countercultural.  After reading this post, I hope you gain a greater appreciation of this fruit and how not being chaste negatively impacts our world, especially women.  Ultimately, I am hopeful that this conversation leads us to re-think and prioritize chastity and right-ordered desire in our lives.

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